Peru, Lake Oneida, Maiyo discussed on Stuff To Blow Your Mind


Draw usable electricity directly from the soil specifically using the outflow of electrons from the respiration of job actors now. This is meaningful in in the context of what they were doing in Peru because some villages and dwellings in the Peruvian rainforest don't have connections to the electrical grid mini don't at the time <hes> they were doing this project. <hes> the <HES> project leaders claimed that it was like forty two percent of villages in the rainforest did not have connections in those that do have connections are at risk lose power entirely when lines are knocked out by floods as happened in March two thousand fifteen and and so this means of course after it gets dark people can't read kids can't study for school unless they use like kerosene lamps which apparently unhealthy in her heart on the is. I can imagine that <hes> so this method developed by U._T.. See in in partnership with a company called F._C._B.. Maiyo works to charge batteries and Power L._E._D.. Lamps with a special bio electric box and the box has a plant on top with roots planted in the soil and then electrodes. It's plunged into this grid of little soil buckets that are full of job actors and the metabolic interaction between the plant and the job actors generates excess electric charging soil and that electric charge gets routed up through the electrodes troths that are planted in the soil whisks those free electrons away to charge a battery which in turn powers the L._E._d.. Lamp now we're not sure how scalable this individual technology is but it shows the general principle that you can draw small at least small amounts amounts of power or electricity directly from electric bacteria in the soil when other power sources are not readily available and this seems possibly like an interesting alternative to say you know those the small scale solar panels that you see being used to power individual ritual devices or lights you know things like that yeah like various garden gnomes and whatnot light up or their garden gnomes power. Yeah I think so yes. This is the main place I feel like one tends to see this sort of technology like little little lights that go on your yard that have little solar panel on them but <hes> oh I guess I just never seen one mounted in the GNOME but I see it now can have red light up is yeah I mean I assume there's no there has someone has had to have created one of them but you know it's one something to do to power an l._e._d.. Lamp but I think this does <hes> drive home that even if you're only talking about producing such small amounts of electricity to power <hes> you know very low energy lighting effects that still can make a huge difference in the right circumstances circumstances yeah it can and you can imagine using elements of this bacterial electro biology in concert with other technologies <hes> to build up more capabilities like in his Times Article Carl Zimmer mentions that a cornell university researcher sure <hes> named Buzz Bar Sto colleagues are trying to figure out if bacteria could be of use when paired with solar panels so not in place of them but or he in concert with him in the ideas that the solar panels would convert sunlight into electric current which which would then be routed into bacterial wires down <hes> down to these colonies of a bacterium called Shoe Annella. That's the one I mentioned earlier that was discovered in Lake Oneida shoe in L.. A. And that could use the energy from the electrons. electrons to metabolize organic compounds and turn it into fuel yeah this would really be key for for carbon fixation <hes> so so the study in question here is <hes> two thousand nineteen study title Electrical Energy Storage with engineered biological systems published published in the Journal of Biological Engineering in essentially talking he kind of comes back to the virus move. You're talking about. We're essentially talking about a cybernetic energy storage system..

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